Now he'll don the same burgundy and gold as his idol.
A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because it can't become official until free agency opens Wednesday.
While Collins' deal has been reported to be longer, the deal that the teams agreed upon is essentially a three-year, $45 million deal. Signing Collins is another expensive splash for an organization that has a reputation for spending big in free agency. Collins has eight career interceptions with of them coming in his breakout 2016 campaign. Thomas is the complete package at the safety position and he would be an upgrade to Collins. The team acquired safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Green Bay at the 2018 trade deadline, but he is set to be a free agent.
Collins established himself as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the league and was a tackling machine during his four years in the Big Apple.
There's also uncertainty about safety Montae Nicholson, who was arrested in December for assault and battery and missed the final two games of last season.
Ramsey is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal that will pay him $3.6 million in 2019. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.
Norman, who famously had a falling out with Dave Gettleman when as the general manager of the Carolina Panthers Gettleman rescinded the franchise tag off Norman who ended up signing with Washington, didn't waste any time in taking a verbal shot at his former boss. Perhaps Washington will do a delayed release of some of their veterans who don't have any guarantees left on their contracts and generate more cap room that way, but on a team with so many needs, is this the best allocation of funds?